A group of South Korean lawmakers called on Google to follow Apple’s move to reduce its commission on app market purchases amid concerns from local app developers about high fees, as Apple announced that it would cut the standard commission on its app store from 30% to 15% for app developers with annual returns. Less than $ 1 million US dollars from next year, according to Indias TOI website.
Yonhap News Agency reported that seven MPs from the main opposition People’s Power Party said in a joint statement, “Apple’s policy to cut its commission in half came in good timing.” South Korea”.
Google has recently come under intense scrutiny from South Korean lawmakers after it decided in September to make all app developers in its Play Store use its billing system, which takes a 30% commission on all digital content purchases, as of October of next year.
Lawmakers proposed bills to curb Google’s move that would prevent app market operators from imposing certain payment methods on mobile content transactions, while local tech groups expressed strong opposition to Google’s move, fearing the fees would rise, and a startup forum in Korea said in a statement. Last week: “Google and Apple’s policies to impose in-app payments negatively affect not only startups but also the broader content industry.”
“We are urging the swift passage of the bill that would restrict unfair activities by app market operators,” they said, and Google played down the concerns. Im Jae-hyun, Google’s director in Korea, told lawmakers in a parliamentary review last month to lower 100 local developers will be affected by this change.
However, South Korean regulators have targeted Google, as the Korean Fair Trade Commission is currently looking into whether the Google policy change violates competition laws. Sales of the Google apps market in South Korea reached 6 trillion won ($ 5.4 billion) last year. Or 63.4% of the country’s total, compared to Apple’s store with a 24.4% share, according to the Internet Business Association of Korea.
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